Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio already is under pressure from school principals to live up to his campaign promises on education. Good for them. It's not a moment too soon.
About 140 principals have signed an open letter asking de Blasio to roll back some of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's signature education policies, including high-stakes testing, and to deliver on his promise of universal pre-K.
The...Read more »
The race for City Council speaker — the most powerful citywide post after the mayor — has narrowed to a handful of hopefuls.
The front-runner is reportedly Melissa Mark-Viverito, a councilwoman who represents parts of upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Mark-Viverito is a close ally of the mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, who has reportedly been lobbying council members to pick her.
Among the...Read more »
New Yorkers really want to meet and greet the next mayor in his own home.
Bill de Blasio's office said that 7,000 people applied for the Jan. 5 tour of Gracie Mansion in the first three hours that it offered registration on its website Wednesday.
The free event includes a room-by-room walk-through of the first floor of the mansion, where the first family will reside. The tour ends with...Read more »
Finding the truth in professional wrestling is like trying to find, if you'll excuse the cliché, a needle in a haystack.
"It's impossible," says author David Shoemaker, who offers a high-brow examination of the popular sports entertainment in his new book "The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling."
"The wrestlers and promoters themselves spend...Read more »
Big Apple sports fans are used to winners, so a down year -- or even a rough few months -- can be pretty agonizing. On the bright side, things could be worse -- a lot worse. Misery loves company, so here are amNewYork's most moribund sports cities in the U.S. based on past disappointments, title droughts and recent struggles.
This city has been through the sports wringer....Read more »
The New York City Housing Authority will finally clean house -- at least when it comes to mold.
Lawyers for the city and for NYCHA residents reached a settlement this week stipulating that reports of mold in the city's public housing units will be cleaned up within days rather than months.
That's good news for tenants who have been plagued -- for what seems an eternity -- with the awful...Read more »
Nestled between a park and the waterfront, the centuries-old Fort Greene neighborhood offers cultural diversity and accessibility.
Ask Cecilia Clarke how she likes living in Fort Greene and she’ll tell you that “Fort Greene is the best place I have ever lived in my life. Ever.”
“I moved to Fort Greene ten years ago from Brooklyn Heights and within two weeks I had good...Read more »
Barbara Walters dining on antipasto and pasta with friends at Patsy's Italian Restaurant on W. 56th Street
Steve Carell warming up with a bowl of chicken chili at David Burke at Bloomingdale's
Peter Dinklage having drinks at Moran's in Chelsea
Spotted a celeb around town? Email the details to Julie.Gordon@am-ny.com. ...Read more »
Spotify made headlines last week following its Dec. 11 announcement that it now offers mobile users free on-demand streaming access. With the change, tablet users can listen to playlists and artists of their choosing, replicating an experience once available only using a desktop computer. (Smartphone users can also create playlists with this change, but they must listen to their playlists...Read more »
Chris Cooper is the calm at the center of the storm that is "August: Osage County," the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
His kindhearted Charlie Aiken serves as the sole counterpunch to the blinding rage that fills the other characters and permeates this story of the tremendously dysfunctional Weston family, occupying a single house in Oklahoma after patriarch...Read more »